The following tips may seem second nature to some...but in case you were wondering...
(courtesy of the OHV Colorado/Tread Lightly informational brochure for Colorado Trails)
* Four-wheel drive and high-clearance vehicles are recommended in many places
* Uphill traffic has the right of way but common courtesy works best
* Loose gravel and rocks can be found on many routes. Please drive slowly and in control at all times.
* Drive slowly around blind turns and near other traffic
* Do not park where you will obstruct the road
Take only photos, leave no trace...
It goes without saying, to protect our natural areas, stay on maintained trails. Driving on delicate areas destroys wildlife, which in turn contributes to soil erosion in vast areas and causes a chain reaction of natural destruction. There's plenty of off-roads trails here...use them.
Any garbage you create while out on the tral, carry out with you. It is unsightly and attracts wild animals to places that tourists congregate.
There is a very strong non-profit organization that works with outdoor enthusiasts to educate and promote "non-invasive" outdoor use. For more on the Tread Lightly philospohy and how you can help protect our mother earth...visit the Tread Lightly.org
Ouray's downtown is designated a National Historic District. The Ouray Chamber Resort Association provides a walking tour of downtown Ouray and explains the towns mining history and turn of the century architecture.
Fondest memory: Walking through town on a cold November morning.
The mountains are so awesome!! We've visited Yankee Boy Basin twice and look forward to many more trips in the future. I can think of few other places in the world that I would rather be.
Fondest memory: One of my favorite memories occurred on our first trip here. My son went to use the outhouse and ran out to tell us there was a marmot trapped in there. My husband and I checked it out and sure enough the poor little guy was hiding behind the toilet. We opened the door and waited for him to find his way out, he was so glad to be set free. It looks like he's posing for this photograph, but actually he ran out of there so fast, my husband was lucky to get this picture before he disappeared.
This photograph is a close up of a mine that you can see across the valley. I cannot imagine how difficult it was to build and maintain this mine back in the old days.
Fondest memory: The next photograph shows the mountain this mine is on.
This photograph shows a huge rock hanging over the road that you drive under. It's a long ways to the bottom of the cliff. I personally cannot handle being in the vehicle at this point and always end up walking this section of the road.
Fondest memory: Since I'm "chicken" I end up walking most of the way down this road, it's exhilerating and you can really view the scenery around you without having to worry about falling off the road.
Favorite thing: Contact the Ouray Chamber Resort Association 800 228 1876 or www.ouraycolorado.com for more information on travel and activities.
Favorite thing: With the mountains in the distance and waterfalls less than a mile away, it looks like a nice place to live.
Favorite thing: Ouray is a small town at the base of the San Juan Mountains, which form a picturesque backdrop for the 19th century Victorian architecture of Ouray's historic downtown buildings.
Favorite thing: This photograph shows what you see when you begin your trip up to Yankee Boy Basin, the 13,036 foot high United States Mountain.
Favorite thing: The yellow arrow shows the location of this very remote mine. You'll have to click on the photograph to see it.